Kleenex for Kate as she sheds a tear at War Horse premiere (and director Steven Spielberg admits he cried too)
As the story of an unlikely friendship between a boy and his horse, it is an unashamed weepy designed to tug on the heartstrings.
And it certainly had the desired effect on the Duchess of Cambridge, who apparently cried from start to finish at last night’s royal premiere of Steven Spielberg’s new film, War Horse.
In an interview with BBC Breakfast today, the legendary director revealed that his actress wife, Kate Capshaw, had even been passing tissues to sobbing Kate.
‘I was sitting next to her and all I know is at one point my wife, who was sitting to my right, right in front of my face she passed a Kleenex … I saw the Kleenex go across my face, arrive and stop but I didn't want to intrude on her experience watching War Horse so I never glanced over,’ he said. 'According to my peripheral vision her eyes were dabbed.'
Emotional: Kate shed a tear while watching the premiere of War Horse last night – but Steven Spielberg's wife was on hand to pass her a tissue
The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a creation by Alice Temperley – fit with a plunging neckline and fishtail
The director, who admitted he cried at the stage production of War Horse, said he did not know if Prince William also shed any tears.
Kate, who celebrates her 30th
birthday today was attending the premiere, in aid of the Foundation of
Prince William and Prince Harry, at London's Leicester Square last
The stars of the film, including Emma Watson, Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch were also present.
movie, which has been tipped for an Oscar, is an adaptation of Michael
Morpurgo's classic novel, where a boy tries to track down his horse
after it is shipped away to serve in World War One.
And thanks to her well prepared husband
and his trusty umbrella keeping her dry, Kate, who chose a full-length Alice Temperley gown for the occasion, triumphed at
her first royal film premiere.
The duchess’s co-star on the red
carpet was the film’s equine leading man – a chestnut colt called Joey,
who had his own PR and personal ‘manure scooper’ (with good reason).
The Duchess is famously said to have an allergy to horses, an unfortunate affliction to have if you hope to marry into a family utterly obsessed by all things equestrian.
Indeed, Prince Philip once famously said of his daughter, Princess Anne: 'If it doesn't fart or eat hay, she's not interested.'
War Horse director Steven Spielberg today said wife Kate Capshaw, pictured left, passed a tissue across him to Kate at last night's premiere – and the duchess 'dabbed her eyes'
The claim came from Australian author
Kathy Lette who said Kate, then 27, had confided in her at a society
polo match when the writer stumbled on her watching the play intently
from a small tent on the corner of the field.
'You can't be having much fun here,' the writer said, 'Why don't you play polo yourself'
'I'm allergic to horses,' was the reply.
Last night, however, royal aides
dismissed the claims, saying: 'No-one has ever known the Duchess have a
problem with horses – and she has an awful lot to do with them now.'
The royal couple attended the
premiere of the film, based on Michael Morpurgo’s classic novel, as it
was being held in aid of the charitable Foundation of Prince William and
Kate is a patron of the charitable organisation,
which works, among other issues, for better welfare of those in the
Afterwards they hosted a champagne
reception at the Queen’s Gallery is Buckingham Palace for 100 selected
guests which included the director and members of the cast as well as 30
wealthy donors who paid 10,000 a head each to attend.
William gave a short speech
congratulation Spielberg on such a ‘fantastic’ film and spoke from the
heart about the ‘indelible scar’ the First World War had left on our
War Horse tells the story of a remarkable friendship between farmhand Albert and an ‘untameable’ young colt, Joey.
Spielberg, posing on the red carpet with actor Jeremy Irvine and horse Joey, admitted he cried during the stage production of War Horse
When the pair are forcibly separated
by the First World War, the film follows Joey’s extraordinary journey as
an officer’s steed and Albert’s search for him.
Like the original book, it also focuses on the atrocious conditions horses were forced to endure during the Great War.
Somewhere between four and eight
million perished on both sides – and at times as many as 1,000 a day
were arriving in France from Britain to replace those who had been lost.
Morpurgo’s book was turned into a
phenomenally successfully stage show – seen by both William and his
grandmother, the Queen – which is currently playing in London and New
York, before Spielberg spotted its potential as a film.
Last night Mr Morpurgo told the Mail:
'Not in my wildest dreams did I ever expect something like this when I
was sitting there writing my story all those years ago. It is such a
wonderful, wonderful honour.
'Steven Spielberg has made a
masterpiece, a film that is both moving and dark, uplifting and one that
tackles the true horrors of the first world war. It will last for
'I am so honoured that the Duke and
Duchess have chosen this for their first royal film premiere. She is
such a beautiful young woman, so full of dignity. I am going to send her
a copy of the book for her birthday.’
Belle of the ball: Kate Middleton lead the way at the War Horse premiere in Leicester Square with a stunning floor-length gown, as Prince William shielded her from the rain
Also on the carpet: Emily Watson and Cheska Hull both looked lovely in full-length dresses
Blushing red: Celine Buckens, in a 595 Victoria, Victoria Beckham dress, and Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Finlay
both looked stunning in their vivid colour choices
Job well done: Richard Curtis, who wrote the
screenplay, looked extremely satisfied with the reception, as did his
wife Emma Freud
Keeping their end up: David Thewliss and Tom Hiddleston
looked dashing in black and white dinner suits